Tasmanian state election, 1922

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Tasmanian state election, 1922
← 1919 10 June 1922 1925 →

All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
  Sir Walter Lee.jpg Joseph Lyons.jpg Ernest Blyth.jpg
Leader Walter Lee Joseph Lyons Ernest Blyth
Party Nationalist Labor Country
Leader since September 1915 November 1916 1922
Leader's seat Wilmot Wilmot Wilmot
Last election 16 seats 13 seats 0 seats
Seats won 12 seats 12 seats 5 seats
Seat change Decrease4 Decrease1 Increase5
Percentage 40.96% 36.74% 13.98%
Swing Decrease14.25 Decrease4.70 Increase13.98

Premier before election

Walter Lee

Resulting Premier

Walter Lee

The 1922 Tasmanian state election was held on 10 June 1922 in the Australian state of Tasmania to elect 30 members of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. The election used the Hare-Clark proportional representation system[1] — six members were elected from each of five electorates.

The incumbent Premier of Tasmania was Walter Lee of the Nationalist Party. The Labor Party was led by Joseph Lyons. Before the election, a new party had emerged, the Country Party, a conservative party aiming to represent farmers and rural interests. In Tasmania, the new party was led by Ernest Blyth.

At the election, the Nationalist Party lost four seats and Labor lost one seat. The Country Party won 5 seats and the balance of power. Despite surviving a no-confidence vote, Lee resigned and recommended that the Governor of Tasmania send for Blyth. Blyth organised a meeting between the Nationalist and Country parties, and they agreed to form Tasmania's first coalition government with John Hayes as Premier.[2]

In this election, women were first eligible to stand for the House of Assembly. There were three women candidates standing, including Alicia O'Shea Petersen, all of whom stood as Independents and all of whom were unsuccessful.


Tasmanian state election, 10 June 1922
House of Assembly
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Enrolled voters 110,549
Votes cast 69,752 Turnout 63.10% –2.98%
Informal votes 1,834 Informal 2.63% -1.33%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Nationalist 27,816 40.96% –14.25% 12 – 4
  Labor 24,956 36.74% –4.70% 12 – 1
  Country 9,498 13.98% +13.98% 5 + 5
  Independent Labor 889 1.31% +1.31% 0 ± 0
  Independent 4,759 7.01% +3.65% 1 ± 0
Total 67,918     30  

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